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Water Levels Update: Arkansas, Clear Creek & Colorado Rivers

If you’re planning a rafting trip for later this summer, you’re probably wondering what the river conditions are like right now. Water levels have dropped in the last couple of weeks, and a number of trips that were running have now closed for the season, but there are still plenty of fun trips to choose from!

The Arkansas River

Browns Canyon is still open and running, and we will be offering Browns Canyon trips through Labor Day. The river will continue to become milder as we get closer to September, meaning that there will be mostly Class II rapids. Browns Canyon will involve plenty of paddling to navigate around the rocks and obstacles that become exposed at lower water levels. Brown’s Canyon has fantastic scenery and is appropriate for children as young as 7, so it will be a great family option for the rest of the season. We will be offering both our full-day Browns Canyon Sizzler and our shorter Browns Canyon Express trip.

Pine Creek and the Numbers have both closed for the season. We continue to offer rock climbing and ziplining at our Granite Outpost both as stand-alone trips and packaged with rafting.

Clear Creek

Clear Creek has closed for the season, so we are no longer offering rafting at our Idaho Springs outpost. We continue to offer ziplining in Idaho Springs.

The Colorado River

The Upper Colorado is continuing to provide great water levels and will be running through Labor Day. Our Upper Colorado float trips are getting rave reviews and can accommodate all ages and ability levels. Our inflatable kayak trips are a great choice for those seeking a little more excitement on this gorgeous Class II stretch of river. Floats and inflatable kayaks are available as full-day and half-day trips.

Gore Canyon is also open and running. We are anticipating Gore closing after August 15th, so now is the time to get out there! Gore’s advanced Class V whitewater is the ultimate adrenaline rush, perfect for experienced, athletic paddlers. Gore Canyon is a full day trip.

With the exception of Gore Canyon, our late-season rafting trips are mellower and milder than the trips we run in June and July. Plan on relaxing, enjoying the scenery, and taking in the beauty of the Colorado wilderness. It’s still a great time to be on the river!